TLC Charter Chatter for the week of Sept 29th, 2014

Charter Chatter

A weekly newsletter written to parents of the Tracy Learning Center


Oct. 3, 2014                                                                                          No.9

Virginia Stewart

Virginia’s Voice

Yesterday, the MHS students celebrated Homecoming with their annual Homecoming Rally.  It was very well done with a great deal of spirit.  The day before, we had our annual Powder Puff game with a great turn out that included meals cooked by the Lions Club.  Today we will have our parade and the homecoming dance.  It is a wonderful time of the year to celebrate all the students who have been a part of the Tracy Learning Center from Kindergarten through graduation.  I am very proud and pleased to be a part of the TLC tradition.  I know all of you who see the parade, will be impressed with the work that goes into our floats!


Misc. Announcements


Picture Re-takes

Picture re-takes for all students is October 15, 2015, Order forms are in the front office.  Please bring your order forms will be available. Send in your child’s previous pictures if you were dissatisfied on picture day.



Again we have had multiple complaints from our neighbors about our parents and high school drivers parking partially in their driveways. The residents are very frustrated and tired of being unable to come and go through their driveways during drop off and pick up times. Please be considerate of our neighbors.


PCS/DCS Lunch Menu Week  Oct. 6-10

Mon. –   Pizza

Tues. –  Beef  or Bean Tostadas

Wed  – Chicken Patti Sandwich

Thurs. – Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Fri. –  Hamburger



Primary Charter  


In Initial Phase this week students have had a great time with their first spirit week experience.  We have all been very excited preparing for our homecoming parade by learning the song Hakuna Matata.  In addition, we have been busy learning about the life cycle of an apple and soon we will learn about the life cycle of a pumpkin!  Wow! Fall is full of many fun and interesting things!


Phase one had a great week! This was a SUPER fun spirit week! The kids dressed up each day and will end the week with the homecoming parade. The students wrote back to their pen pals and will receive their letter back next week. For Language Art’s they are working on parts of speech, alliteration and contractions. In Math, they are working hard on adding, subtracting, skip counting, telling time, counting money and greater than/less than. For Social Studies, they learned about local maps, how to use them and why they are important.

The students in Phase one will be going on their first field trip to the Country Side Farms on October 22, 2013. Look for the permission slip in your child’s green folder!


Phase Two had a fun filled spirit week!  We saw creative outfits throughout the week and saw a lot of TLC pride!  This week our classes continued to learn about Native American tribes and P6 is almost ready to start our group projects.  We have all learned so many interested facts about the Native Californians.  P3 worked on explanatory writing and P6 is busy learning about persuasive/opinion writing.  P6 would also like to welcome our new teacher, Mr. Sprick!  We are excited to have her and we know she will be an awesome addition to our P6 team.


Primary would like to thank all the students and parents who helped out with our homecoming float.  We appreciate all of your hard work!



DCS 5th/6th

This week marks a midway point of the first trimester. Some significant milestones have been reached. In LA students should be at least midway to their AR goal. Some LA classes completed their first group novel. In Science and in some Math classes students have taken, or will soon take a midterm exam. In Social Studies students are in the process of completing their project for the Personal Awareness SWO. We are proud of how well our students are progressing as we continue to increase the level of challenge.


Star Student:

Congratulations to Alaina Pelican for receiving the Star Student award this week! We appreciate Alaina for her tremendous help with our Homecoming parade. Alaina worked with a team of students to complete a float we were proud to show off as DCS student work. We appreciate how Alaina can balance a serious attitude toward learning with a more casual, friendly attitude toward classmates.



This week students tallied their orange and green days in the back of their agendas. Thank you for taking the time to sign that page. We hope that you are also finding time to check what your child writes for homework. It should match the homework calendar posted on the TLC website. As teachers we see a positive change in students when parents take the time to look closely at student agendas.


Science Olympiad:

Completed Science Olympiad applications are due to Ms. Pelaez by Friday, October 10th. Students who are chosen will be notified by Friday, October 17th.



PHSA 7th and 8th

We continue to work on behavior issues with the PHSA students.  It is getting better but it is not at the level I would like.  We know that seventh and eighth grade are hard years for students.  They are growing up, want freedom, and continue to need structure.  The most important thing is that they learn to have respect for adults and students alike.  Everyone does not have to like everyone, but they need to know how to get along and be respectful.  This is a life long skill all of us need to learn.


We are very proud of the Leadership class who worked diligently to create a wonderful float for homecoming.  They had pride, worked together collaboratively and enjoyed what they accomplished.  Mr. Warmerdam had students work in the afternoon rather than miss classes in the morning of the parade.  That was a great idea since their float was further along when everyone else started assembling theirs this morning.  Way to go PHSA.





Senior Internships

Our Fall Seniors Interns are nearly half way through their internships! Below are some of them actively working in our community. The Spring Internship process will begin soon.  Students will being interviewing for spring placements in November. More details to follow this month.


Community Service

Banta Hay Day

Student can volunteer at Banta School’s Banta Hay day event Saturday, October 4th. This event will take place from 12:30pm to 7:00pm. Students will help run setup, break down and assist the event. The student contact is Anita Gonzales 209-740-1341.


Coming Soon! 7th annual Community Service Fair

Over 20 non-profit organizations will be present to allow students to opportunity to sign up for volunteer opportunity. All students will have the opportunity to meet representative from these organizations and learn about the volunteer needs throughout the community.


Student Tutors Community Service Volunteers

Student tutors are needed to assist with Homework Support. Any students interested in volunteering please pick up an application from Mrs. Saldate or the Counseling Office.


Home Football Games Volunteers

Mr. Hepner needs help after the football games to pick up trash and clean up the event. Anyone interested in assisting him at the Homecoming game can contact him for their duties. Anyone interested in assisting at future games can ask him for more information.


6th Grade Science Camp Volunteers needed!!! LAST WEEK TO APPLY!!!

Any Junior or Senior interested in being a science camp counselor can attend pick up an application in the Counseling Office. Applications are due Thursday, October 9th.

College Info

PSAT Sign Ups Now Open!!!!

The PSAT will take place on Saturday, October 18th, from 7:30am to 11:30am in rooms M-1 and M-2. The cost is only $15.00. Space is limited. There are only a few spots left.  Registration will be taken in the Counseling Office. Please bring payment when you register open to 9th, 10th and 11th grades.


CSU Application Workshop

We will have an admissions representative from the CSU system here on Tuesday October 7th, at 12:05pm in M-2 to go over the application process for applying to CSU campuses. Any Seniors interested in attending a CSU should come to this work shop.


College Early Start Program – Spring Enrollment for Delta

Parents of students who are interested in taking classes at Delta College for the Spring 2014 semester need to carefully read the important steps listed on the website at Please remember that students participating in the College Early Start program must follow dates and deadlines and receive prior approval to take college classes while attending high school.  TLC provides reimbursement for tuition for those who have prior approval to take specific classes with proof of payment and a successful course completion with a grade of “C” or better.  Textbooks and additional fees are not reimbursable.